"I felt like it was her time to win. What the f**k does she have to do to win album of the year?"
"We have definitely decided to go ahead and do the paperwork and all that stuff, not that I was so concerned or cared about that stuff, but it meant a lot to him. So it was only right... With him being away, we have to re-register, get things notarized and all that stuff."
"It's a normal routine life. I love to cook, so I get to cook dinner every day. It's this home, family thing that I've been craving that I get to have in Cleveland."
"A year ago, I allegedly got traded for Stacey Dash, so I thought this was my first chance to speak up as a Black male, was to say, 'Yo, she can come to the barbecue.' It was very apparent on Twitter and Instagram [that] you're a guest to the barbecue and I was that guest that brought a guest.”
“When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in Set It Off, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘Listen, I’m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’ They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.”
“It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror… and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable.”
“I’m not so bitter anymore. It’s “matter of fact” in that I’ve found myself and know now what I will, won’t, and shouldn’t tolerate. He and I have come to a good space as far as co-parenting, however. So, we’re doing great.”
“The original tweet was, ‘If it ain’t white, it ain’t right.’ That’s comedy! It’s like saying, ‘Once you go Black, you never go back.’ Somebody took that tweet and added more tweets to it. Photoshop is undefeated."
“I love tragedy, but you can’t do it all the time — it’s way too draining.”
“After that, my uncle has told me, and even my grandmother, I went into a depression. I was borderline depressed for years. There was a sadness over me, a melancholy. That's always been a part of me — those are some of the things that lead you to the arts. It's something I still think about, not that it brings me sadness at this point; it's a void or fracture that happened so early that now I have to address it in the healthiest way. We're affected by things, but 20 or 30 years later we can choose to feel different about them. I understand: My mom and dad were kids. And I know that they loved me and did the best they could do.”
“I don’t have to approach film like a man would, or like anybody else I read about, because it’s personal… so there’s no right way or wrong way. Directors talk about their process but that doesn’t have to be my process. My process is where the sets feel very familial, where I like to know my cast personally and where I value who people are more than their names… [It’s important to] imbue the sets and the experience with a sense of myself, a sense of warmth, a sense of family, not shying away from the things… that make me a Black woman, and just embracing those things and letting that come out in the material itself…”